Paul Doran’s fourth solo exhibition at Green On Red Gallery entitled 'Metamorphosis' will surprise many of his devotees who are familiar with the intimate scale of his canvases to-date. This exhibition will be comprised of four major paintings each approximately 5 x 5 ½ feet as well as a dramatic wall of sixteen smaller works.
In an art-world where instantly recognizable, stylized painting is dominant, Paul Doran’s paintings don’t yappear to easily fit in. “I want to paint things that I have never seen before, but which at the same time, feel completely familiar.” Doran’s paintings suggest strange spaces, abandoned things and emerging forms. It will therefore come as no surprise that Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis (1915) is one of Doran’s favourite pieces of literature and had a profound impact when he first read it. Every time Doran paints, he paints from scratch, as if he had the chance to begin creation again. Spaces emerge, albeit ones that are contradictory and confused, forms are stacked, knocked, pulled and thrown and in many cases, colour is reduced to essentials, to create a mood or time. Paintings appear to be provisional, like half-remembered ideas, or like the effort of recollecting an over-heard conversation: Giotto talking to Masaccio, talking to Uccello, talking to Piero… Picasso talking to Guston and Guston talking to them all (while Kafka shouts in his ear!)
Doran was the recipient of the prestigious AIB Prize in 2005. His work has been exhibited in Basel, New York, Miami, and Stuttgart and is in the collection of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, An Chomhairle Ealaíon/The Arts Council, Allied Irish Bank and Bank of Ireland’s collections and numerous private collections in Ireland, Europe, Hong Kong and the United States,
Forthcoming solo exhibitions include Galerie Katharina Krohn, Basel and the Butler Gallery, Kilkenny.
Gallery hours are Mon-Fri 10-6; Sat 11-5.
Should you require further information please contact Jerome O Drisceoil, Molly Sullivan, or Amy Walsh at Green On Red Gallery 26-28 Lombard Street East Dublin 2